It's another banner season for Pitman High volleyball team

sjansen@mercedsunstar.comOctober 15, 2013 

— The volleyball banner hanging in the Pitman High gym was finally changed this week to reflect the Central California Conference championship won last season.

And none too soon. The Pride are well on their way to winning another title to add to the banner.

Lindsay Vander Weide collected 15 kills as Pitman dominated Golden Valley, 25-10, 25-16, 25-14, Tuesday night at Cougar Arena.

With the win the Pride improve to 7-0 in the CCC and 21-2 overall.

The "2012" going up on the banner didn't go unnoticed by the players during Monday's practice.

"I think it reiterates for them all the hard work they put in to win those titles," said Pitman coach Kristen Pontes. "I think it helps make them more motivated this season."

Pontes liked what she saw from her team as she got contributions up and down her roster.

Meanwhile, Golden Valley coach Matt Thissen couldn't have been more frustrated.

Other than a hot start in game two, the Cougars (3-4 CCC) were blown away.

"Only one team was out there playing tonight," Thissen said. "What's really disappointing is we probably had our best practice of the year (Monday).

"It was high-intensity, high-focus. I didn't see this coming."

The Pride jumped out to a 16-4 lead in game one.

The Cougars didn't have an answer for Vander Weide, who has already verbally accepted a scholarship offer to the University of Oregon.

Pitman setter Maddy Halteman had plenty of other options as well in Terri Gallon, Ali Salafia, Angelica Harding and Moriah Halteman.

"I saw every player contribute to the win," Pontes said. "Whether it was digging, serving, blocking or hitting. Every player had a really good game."

The Cougars came out in the second game with more energy and it carried them early as they jumped to a 9-4 lead.

Belen Castillo led GV with nine kills, three blocks and two aces.

However, Pitman responded. Pitman ran off four straight points to take a 13-12 lead and later used a 7-0 run to open up a 23-14 lead.

The Cougars couldn't stop the Pride runs.

"The first game seemed like it was over before it got started," Thissen said. "In the second game we were up four and then made three consecutive hitting errors. After that our body language changed and our bench got quiet.

"We teach our girls in those situations you've got to give more."

Atwater 3, Turlock 0

TURLOCK — Hannah Van Warmderdam recorded 20 kills and Brigette Berlier added 10 kills and 15 digs as the Falcons swept the Bulldogs 25-11, 25-16, 25-15.

Le Grand 3, Gustine 1

LE GRAND — Savanna Barnett came up big for the Bulldogs (5-1 Southern League) with 24 kills and six blocks in a 25-18, 25-17, 21-25, 25-11 win over the Redskins.

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